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TRIPLE AXIS MAGNETOMETER

An ISO 9001-2008 Certified Company Order Code RDL/HMC/13/001/V1.0

Triple Axis Magnetometer


The HMC5883L utilizes Honeywells Anisotropic Magnetoresistive (AMR) technology that provides advantages over other magnetic sensor technologies. These anisotropic, directional sensors feature precision in-axis sensitivity and linearity. These sensors solid-state construction with very low cross-axis sensitivity is designed to measure both the direction and the magnitude of Earths magnetic fields, fro m milli-gauss to 8 gauss. Honeywells Magnetic Sensors are among the most sensitive and reliable low field sensors in the industry.

Features
I2C digital interface. 3-axis magnetorestive sensors. Low voltage operations(2.16 to 3.6v) and low power consumption(100micro A). Sensors can be used in strong magnetic field environments. 12 bit ADC coupled with low noise level AMR sensors achieves 2 milli gauss field resolution in +/-8 gauss fields. Popular two wire serial data interface for consumer electronics. Wide magnetic field range(+/-8 Oe).

Applications
Weapon systems positioning. Heart beat monitors. Locating objects such as submarines, sunken ships.

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TRIPLE AXIS MAGNETOMETER

An ISO 9001-2008 Certified Company Order Code RDL/HMC/13/001/V1.0

Can be deployed in spacecraft. Weather prediction.

Specifications
Parameter Operating voltage Output rate

Value
+5v DC regulated

160Hz

Pin Specification
Pin 1 2 3 4 Name GND +5v sda scl Details Power supply ground Power supply input Data line Clock line

Working
The Honeywell HMC5883L magnetoresistive sensor circuit is a trio of sensors and application specific support circuits to measure magnetic fields. With power supply applied, the sensor converts any incident magnetic field in the sensitive axis directions to a differential voltage output. The magnetoresistive sensors are made of a nickel-iron (Permalloy) thin-film and patterned as a resistive strip element. In the presence of a magnetic field, a change in the bridge resistive elements causes a corresponding change in voltage across the bridge outputs.

MODES OF OPERATION

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TRIPLE AXIS MAGNETOMETER

An ISO 9001-2008 Certified Company Order Code RDL/HMC/13/001/V1.0

This device has several operating modes whose primary purpose is power management and is controlled by the Mode Register. This section describes these modes.

Continuous-Measurement Mode During continuous-measurement mode, the device continuously makes measurements, at user selectable rate, and places measured data in data output registers. Data can be re-read from the data output registers if necessary; however, if the master does not ensure that the data register is accessed before the completion of the next measurement, the data output registers are updated with the new measurement. To conserve current between measurements, the device is placed in a state similar to idle mode, but the Mode Register is not changed to Idle Mode. That is, MD[n] bits are unchanged. Settings in the Configuration Register A affect the data output rate (bits DO[n]), the measurement configuration (bits MS[n]), when in continuous-measurement mode. All registers maintain values while in continuous-measurement mode. The I2C bus is enabled for use by other devices on the network in while continuous-measurement mode. Single-Measurement Mode This is the default power-up mode. During single-measurement mode, the device makes a single measurement and places the measured data in data output registers. After the measurement is complete and output data registers are updated, the device is placed in idle mode, and the Mode Register is changed to idle mode by setting MD[n] bits. Settings in the configuration register affect the measurement configuration (bits MS[n])when in single-measurement mode. All registers maintain values while in single-measurement mode. The I2C bus is enabled for use by other devices on the network while in single-measurement mode. Idle Mode During this mode the device is accessible through the I2C bus, but major sources of power consumption are disabled, such as, but not limited to, the ADC, the amplifier, and the sensor bias current. All registers maintain values while in idle mode. The I2C bus is enabled for use by other devices on the network while in idle mode.

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TRIPLE AXIS MAGNETOMETER

An ISO 9001-2008 Certified Company Order Code RDL/HMC/13/001/V1.0

Board Dimensions
17

18mm

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